Student Experience

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Situated on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver has ample opportunities for students in terms of employment and career growth. The city attracts people from a variety of countries, making it an exciting study destination. Individuals who come to live in the city report the vast number of languages spoken make it a welcoming city, no matter where you are from.

In addition, the province of British Columbia, with the second lowest unemployment rate in Canada, students have unrivalled access to a range of employers including some of the world’s biggest tech firms. Vancouver is also home to more than 750 social enterprises who are committed to doing business with a social conscience.

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Student success

Visa requirements

Before enrolling at CCTB, all students must have valid Canadian residency status.

International students must be in possession of a valid study permit.

For detailed information regarding visa requirements for international students please refer to the official IRCC webpage.


The CCTB Student Portal serves as a central hub for students to access course materials, academic information, and other resources.

We emphasize the crucial significance of safeguarding sensitive student data and ensuring a secure online environment. As part of this commitment, we strongly advocate for the adoption of two-step authentication for the student portal

For more information on CCTB Student Portal Two-Factor Authentication, please click here.


The Keep.meSAFE Mental Wellness Student Support Program by provides students with real-time and appointment-based confidential support, anytime of the day or night from anywhere in the world! Read below on how to access support.

Get matched with a counsellor that speaks your language, is from your culture, or has a shared experience for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost to you. Real-time support is available via telephone and chat. Appointment-based support is available over the phone, via video and in-person.

The best way to access the keep.meSAFE Program is through the free My SSP app.

1. Download the My SSP App from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.

2. Complete your personal profile and select the language you would like the app to work in.

3. Enable important app notifications regarding new in-app content, as well as new support offerings.

Use the My SSP app to call or chat with a counsellor anytime and anywhere

When you call keep.meSAFE you will be greeted by an automated menu that will ask you to confirm a few options:

- Menu language option: English or French

- Service options: Emergency or Support & Services

- Intake language options: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, English or French 

Select the Support and Services option (unless you are in an emergency).

You will be greeted by a Clinical Care
Representative who will collect additional information, including:

- School / campus name

- First and Last name

- Birthdate

- Postal Code

- Language preference

From within Canada & USA 1.844.451.9700 anytime of the day or night.

Anywhere else in the world +1.416.380.6578

Initiate a secure, clinical chat session directly through the My SSP app.

Before you can start chatting, you must read through the disclaimers and make sure your profile is complete. All checkmarks must be green to proceed.

When you initiate a chat, you will be greeted by a Clinical Care Representative who will confirm some information with you that you have already entered.


Flexible payment plans can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Contact your student advisor to find out more at


For international student payment plan options, download the payment plan document below:


CCTB has partnered with, who provides students with accommodation options during their studies in Canada. CCTB students can view accommodation options in the portal by clicking on the below link.


We’re certain that your time at CCTB will be a rewarding experience and a great investment towards your future. The information on this section was compiled by Canadian College of Technology and Business from websites that are maintained by third parties. 

Each student has their own unique needs, and we would recommend you do your own research to determine your cost of living 

Cost of Living in Vancouver*
Accommodation $1500+ (single occupancy)
Public transportation monthly pass $170+ per month
Food estimation $350 to $800 per month
Cell Phone with data for internet $60 to $150 per month (depending if a contract to get a new cell phone is required or not)
Home Cable with internet $100 to $200 per month (this is optional as some rental units and homestays cover this cost)
Provincial health insurance $75+ per month (international students)



Canadian College of Technology and Business has partnered with 4stay to offer students a variety of housing and affordable rooms for rent around the CCTB campus and Greater Vancouver. When renting off campus, students will usually share a house or apartment with peers to split costs. 

Public Transport: 

All Vancouver Public Transportation is run by TransLink - the Metro Vancouver transportation authority. To get to the CCTB campus via public transport, a monthly pass ranges from $160-180 CAD per month. 

Phone Contract and Internet: 

There are many phone and internet providers in Canada. A phone provider can range from $60-$150 CAD per month. The internet provider packages ranges from $100-200 CAD however this is optional as some rental units and homestays cover this. 

Health Insurance: 

International Students are required to have medical insurance. They can choose from a number of providers with a variety of fees and after 3 months, you can opt for the Medical Services Plan (MSP) - the government health insurance plan. 

Food Estimates: 

An average meal in a Canadian restaurant costs about $20-30 CAD for an individual. However, if a student prefers a home cooked meal, you’ll have to spend about $350-800 CAD per month on groceries. 

For a good estimate of pricing information, you can use the following helpful resource:

*These are estimated values of current market prices which are subject to change. The aim is to provide students with an estimate to plan their expenses accordingly, when investing in higher education

Student testimonials

I chose to study digital marketing because I think it’s a great field, and you can use your degree to work in so many areas. I like everything about CCTB, and I learned so many things about SEO and Google Analytics that I use in my co-op program right now.

Luisa Alencar, CCTB student

"One of the barriers for all immigrants and new graduates is to enter the job market. But when I entered this program, CCTB made this very easy for me. I got my first job offer immediately after the program, which was higher than my expectations."

Razieh Mokhtarnameh , CCTB alumna

"I just graduated from CCTB and right now I’m a business analyst at one of the government agencies. I don’t just think CCTB helped me, I think are still helping me now by providing feedback, responses, interview preparation and more."

Samuel Arawu, CCTB alumnus

"I completed my Software Quality Assurance testing through CCTB college. It’s amazing! It’s hands-on training and gives the experience of learning what we do in the work environment, which helped me to gain confidence to enter the new world of IT."

Vinitha-Kaliraj, CCTB alumna

"After taking the courses, I was ready and confident. In one of my interviews, the interviewer was impressed that I had that certificate. The instructors and the support team were so motivating and helpful that all students could catch up with the class."

Zoya Salehi, CCTB alumna

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the territories on which CCTB and its campus are situated are the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We thank them for having cared for this land since time immemorial, honour their graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here, and iterate our dedication to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.